“The Holy Spirit & ‘Pentecost’ – 301”…Blog. [3/?]
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with ‘all’ readiness of mind = and = ‘searched’ the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].
*** (Hebrews 5:11-to-14) We have much to say about this; but it is difficult to explain = because = you have become too lazy to understand.
(Heb 5:12) In fact, though by now you should be teachers; you still need someone to teach you; the basic Truths of God's Word. You have become people = who need milk = instead of solid food.
(Heb 5:13) For everyone who lives on milk; is still a baby; and is inexperienced = in the message of righteousness.
(Heb 5:14) But solid food is for mature people; whose minds are trained by practice = to distinguish: good from evil. [Isaiah 5:20 & Ezekiel 44:23]
*** (Luke 4:4) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written that: “Man ‘shall not’ live by bread alone; but by ‘every’ Word of God.” [Deuteronomy 8:3]
Do ‘You’ remember this from part one…? Before ‘Any’ discussion of Bible Topics… there is “Only One Ground Rule!” Is the Holy Word of God; The Scriptures… are the “Only Authority”… for those Truly Born Again; by God’s Holy Spirit…? “Yes”– or –“No”…? About now, one remembers ‘what’ they have been taught about Tongues; by some “Pastor or Church denomination”. Perhaps ‘some of what’ you have learned from them; is challenged already; by what the Scriptures have said. You either “Live By” what God says in His Holy Word… or what ‘You’ have been taught by your ‘Pastor or Church.’ Surely either of these… “Do Not have more authority than God’s Holy Word”…? Let us look at the issue of Tongues? At the end of part two… what took place was a “Hearing Miracle”. Each of the over ‘16 peoples’ language groups… “Heard” every man in his own Language – “Acts 2:8-11”. Remember “John 7:38-39 & Romans 8:9”…? The Church began on the day of Pentecost… with the “Holy Spirit!”
*** (Ephesians 1:7-to-14) In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood; the forgiveness of sins; according to the riches of His grace,
(Eph 1:8) which He [God] caused to abound toward us; in all wisdom and understanding;
(Eph 1:9) having made known to us the mystery of His will; according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
(Eph 1:10) for an administration of the fullness of times; to head up all things in Christ; both the things in Heaven; and the things on earth, even in Him, [Colossians 1:12-to-20]
(Eph 1:11) in Whom also we have been chosen to an inheritance; being predestinated according to the purpose of Him; Who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,
(Eph 1:12) for us to be to the praise of His glory; who previously had trusted in Christ;
(Eph 1:13) in Whom also you; hearing the Word of Truth; the gospel of our salvation, in Whom also believing; you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [Acts 15:8-9]
(Eph 1:14) Who is the earnest of our inheritance; to the redemption of the purchased possession; to the praise of His glory.
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*** (Act 2:12) And they were all amazed, and were in doubt; saying to one another, What does this mean?
(Acts 2:13) But others mocking said, “These men are full of sweet wine”. [Drunk]
(Acts 2:14) But Peter, standing up with the Eleven, lifted up his voice and said to them; Men, Jews, and all who dwell at Jerusalem; let this be known to you; and listen to my words.
(Acts 2:15) For these are ‘not drunk’ as you [wrongly] suppose; for it is the third hour of the day. [9 am]
(Acts 2:16) But this is that; which was spoken by the prophet Joel: [Joel 2:28-to-32]
(Acts 2:17) “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; and your young men shall see visions; and your old men shall dream dreams.
(Acts 2:18) And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My slaves and My slave women; and they shall prophesy. [Stop here – following verses not yet fulfilled]
(Acts 2:19) And I [God] will give wonders in the heaven above; and miracles on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke. [Starting with Revelation 6:]
(Acts 2:20) The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood; before that great and glorious Day of the Lord. [Revelation 20:10-to-15]
(Acts 2:21) And it shall be that everyone; who shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Has the Sun turned to darkness yet…? Absolutely Not! Bible prophecy is still being fulfilled. Israel, Gods’ chosen people have been set aside. Their ‘refusal’ to obey Gods’ covenant; was not ‘obeyed or fulfilled’ by them. Their rejection of Christ Jesus as the “Messiah of Israel” caused them to be set aside. God in His infinite ‘wisdom & plans’ has given His witness to the Church; both Jews, but ‘mostly’ Gentiles. Did ‘You’ know about “Jews for Jesus?” They are “Redeemed Jews”, who know Christ as their Messiah. They have a viable witness about Christ to both ‘Jews & Gentiles’. But now, mostly Gentiles [Non–Jews] have been given this “Gospel Responsibility” Did ‘You’ know during the Great Tribulation; God has set aside “144,000 Jewish Male Virgins”… to preach His Holy Word? [Revelation 7 & 14]. In addition His Two Witnesses, [Revelation 11]; who will do miracles and also preach during that time. Oh yes, the Church is not here during the Great Tribulation. The Promised Messiah = Christ Jesus = was promised in the Last Days. He came over ‘2,000–years ago’… and we have been in the “Last Days” for over that long!
*** (Daniel 9:24-to-27) Seventy weeks are decreed as to your people and as to your holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make atonement for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
(Dan 9:25) Know therefore and understand; that from the going out of the command to restore and to build Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in times of affliction.
(Dan 9:26) And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of the ruler who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And the end of it shall be with the flood, and ruins are determined, until the end shall be war.
(Dan 9:27) And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and on a corner of the altar desolating abominations, even until the end. And that which was decreed shall be poured on the desolator.
*** (Romans 11:25) For I do not want you to be ignorant of this secret; brothers; so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are. A ‘partial’ hardening has come on Israel; until the full number of the gentiles has come in.
*** (Luke 21:20-to-24) When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies; then understand that its devastation is near.
(Luke 21:21) Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; those inside the city must leave it, and those in the countryside must not go into it.
(Luke 21:22) For these are the days of vengeance when all that is written will be fulfilled.
(Luke 21:23) “How terrible it will be for those women who are pregnant; or who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath on this people.
(Luke 21:24) They will fall by the edge of the sword and be carried off as captives among all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the gentiles; until the times of the gentiles are fulfilled.”
*** (Matthew 24:1-to-12) As Jesus left the temple and was walking away; his disciples came up to him to point out to him the temple buildings.
(Mat 24:2) But He said to them, “You see all these things, don't you? Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; that will not be torn down.” [70 AD]
(Mat 24:3) While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things take place, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
(Mat 24:4) Jesus answered them; See to it that no one deceives you.
(Mat 24:5) For many will come in my name and say, 'I am the Christ,' and they will deceive many people.
(Mat 24:6) You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed. These things must take place; but the end hasn't come yet.
(Mat 24:7) For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
(Mat 24:8) But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains.
(Mat 24:9) Then they will hand you over to suffering and will kill you; and you will be hated by all the nations because of My name.
(Mat 24:10) Then many people will fall by the way and will betray one another and hate one another.
(Mat 24:11) Many false prophets will appear; and deceive many people,
(Mat 24:12) and because lawlessness will increase; the love [Agape] of many people will grow cold.
These are simply the “Prophetic Context” of Joel…! Some who ‘say’ they “Practice Holy Spirit Languages – Tongues”; do not ‘know’ and do not ‘want’ to know; about these Bible verses. Tongues, Real Languages… were given to the early church; so that the ‘mixed multitude’ could hear the Gospel in their own native language. Just as the Healings of Peter & Paul… were to validate the message of the Gospel! Without those healings, those Jews of Jerusalem; could claim a fake message by the Disciples of Christ. But Acts 3 and the healing of the ‘Lame Man’ was a further witness to the Jews of Jerusalem. Did ‘You’ know that “Jerusalem was completely destroyed”… ‘Circa 70 AD’…? Joseph the historian… said in his writing that one could take a plow… from one end of Jerusalem to the other! Did ‘You’ also know that Paul; who wrote most of the NT… also lost his ‘Apostolic Gift of Healing’…?
The Fall of Jerusalem
*** (2Timothy 4:20) Erastus stayed at Corinth; but Trophimus, I [Paul] left sick at Miletus.
*** (Matthew 24:23-24) Then if any man shall say to you; Lo, here is Christ! Or, There! Do not believe it.
(Mat 24:24) For false Christs’ and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders; [miracles] so much so that, if it were possible; they would deceive even the elect.
*** (2Corinthains 11:4) For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached; or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received; or a different gospel from the one you accepted; you are all too willing to listen.
*** (2Peter 2:1-2) Now there were false prophets among the people; just as there also will be false teachers among you; who will secretly introduce destructive heresies; and even deny the Master who bought them; bringing swift destruction on themselves.
(2Pet 2:2) Many people will follow their immoral ways; and because of them the way of Truth will be maligned.
*** (2Corinthains 11:13-14-15) Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of Christ.
(2Cor 11:14) And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
(2Cor 11:15) So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!
Continued next blog…
Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”…!
“The Holy Spirit & ‘Pentecost’ – 301”…Blog. [3/?]
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with all readiness of Mind = and = searched the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].